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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Who is Donald Trump’s base? Why is he popular? Why are people voting for him? Why do people like and support him?


They’re mainstream of USA society, who disagree with the elites on the direction that the country should take.  Trump supporters look to Brexit and see only one thing: Freedom.  The elites favor globalism. The mainstream favors nationalism. The majority feels it is attacked by aggressive minorities. The city elites favor immigration, the more the better, legal or illegal. The mainstream does not like that. The elites secretly detest American national identity. The mainstream likes it and does not want to see it dissolved in a bunch of random people held together only by money and the taste for ethnic restaurants.  The mainstream feels it has no representation. Everyone has candidates pandering to them: big business, gays, lesbians, blacks, Hispanics, minorities. The mainstream feels abandoned by both Republicans and Democrats.  It’s nation-state supporters, the core of the nation that feels unrepresented.  In a quagmire of special interest groups, passive-aggressive “victims”, obnoxious Social Justice Warriors professing supposed Superior Virtue of the Oppressed , a handful of rainbow-style mentality advocates who comically imagine against the evidence that they are the oppressed mainstream of the society – the mainstream is not that.  They value independence, sovereignty, controlled borders, no illegal immigration, national character, national identity, are distrustful of global institutions. An exact opposite of metropolitan “elites”.  American politics, like politics everywhere actually, has simply become more polarized. It’s not about money or education. It’s about outlook on life: what a country should be, and whether the direction that it takes is good or bad in perception of the people, like the Brexit.  Basically, elites do not talk at all about political polarization, that would be… inconvenient. They like to believe other things, in spite of demonstrable data: Apparently cats got their tongues.  But in general, I should actually like that – nothing turns voters off more than condescension of the elites. It’s actually good that they are so blinkered.

Answer by Marcin Krol:

There’s a wealth of actual data available if you bother to google for them, here are some good sources:

Who Are Donald Trump’s Supporters, Really?

The Mythology Of Trump’s ‘Working Class’ Support

Clearly, they’re mainstream of USA society, who simply disagree with the elites on the direction that the country should take.

Uneducated hicks who do not understand the world?

Such people do not have median income of $72K/year (Trump supporters) vs $61K/year (Sanders, Clinton supporters).

It’s a conflict of worldviews more than that of dollars or government services. Example:

Trump supporters look to Brexit and see only one thing: freedom

Minutes later, when describing his already notorious golf press conference in Scotland on Friday morning after the Brexit vote to an adoring crowd, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said: “I gave an answer about the pound because somebody asked me about the pound.” He added: “It sounds like I care about the pound. No, I care about the country.”

Note the source: The Guardian. Even the left in UK is not as blinkered re Trump supporters as most of the American elites.

The elites favor globalist outlook. The mainstream favors nationalist outlook. The majority feels it is attacked by aggressive minorities. The city elites favor immigration, the more the better, legal or illegal. The mainstream does not like that. The elites secretly detest American national identity. The mainstream likes it and does not want to see it dissolved in a bunch of random people held together only by money and the taste for ethnic restaurants.

The mainstream feels it has no representation. Everyone has candidates pandering to them: big business, gays, lesbians, blacks, Hispanics, minorities. The mainstream feels abandoned by both Republicans and Democrats. Check this out:

Yes, it’s nation-state supporters, the core of the nation that feels unrepresented.

In a quagmire of special interest groups, passive-aggressive “victims”, obnoxious Social Justice Warriors professing supposed Superior Virtue of the Oppressed , a handful of rainbow-style mentality advocates who comically imagine against the evidence that they are the oppressed mainstream of the society – the mainstream is not that.

They value independence, sovereignty, controlled borders, no illegal immigration, national character, national identity, are distrustful of global institutions. An exact opposite of metropolitan “elites”.

The icing on the cake? As of today, Trump would get 33% of Hispanic vote. Therefore, the support for Trump is nothing what the elites desire to think it is.

American politics, like politics everywhere actually, has simply become more polarized. It’s not about money or education. It’s about outlook on life: what a country should be, and whether the direction that it takes is good or bad in perception of the people. The Brexit is a good example.

Basically, elites do not talk at all about political polarization, that would be.. inconvenient. They like to believe other things, in spite of demonstrable data:

Apparently cats got their tongues.

But in general, I should actually like that – nothing turns voters off more than condescension of the elites. It’s actually good that they are so blinkered.

Who is Donald Trump’s base? Why is he popular? Why are people voting for him? Why do people like and support him?


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